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A Tale Of Two Benches

8 years ago

People talk about the gap between everybody else and the Champions League clubs, what about the gulf between Stoke and Newcastle?

I would take our first eleven every time but it is just embarrassing the lack of options beyond that.

This isn’t a wise after the event, one of our writers covered this exact point weeks ago with [intlink id=”20546″ type=”post”]Newcastle United – Stoke Leaving Us Behind?[/intlink]

Last night Stoke won the game thanks to the players they brought off the bench, what did Newcastle have?

Sub Cameron Jerome crossed to Walters for the equaliser and then another sub, Kenwyne Jones, headed it down for his off the bench teammate Jerome to hit the winner.

This is how Tony Pulis reflected on the turnaround;

“I’ve always got this thing in the back of my mind that when people say ‘oh he’s made changes he’s been brilliant’.

Why didn’t I start with Michael Kightly, why didn’t I start with Cameron? That’s how brilliant I am.

The lads (substitutes) have been fantastic, they’ve not played much this year but the spirit has been very good and their commitment to the group has been fantastic.

They could easily have come on tonight and jogged around, however the effort they put in was there for all to see. That really typifies what we have at this club.

We made the substitutions and that brought a little bit of life into the match. It lifted the crowd as well”.

I thought the only real mistake Alan Pardew made was the pointless throwing on of Sammy Ameobi and Nile Ranger, waste of time.

Yes we’ve got injuries but even with everybody fit who would we have in reserve?

If Newcastle had been in Stoke’s position then with everybody available you would have the likes of Perch, Ryan Taylor, Williamson, Anita, Obertan and Shola to call on.

In terms of turning a game around and creating chances/scoring goals, you basically have the hope of a Ryan Taylor free-kick special, or Shola’s one or two goals he’ll contribute each season.

The transfer policy of the summer hasn’t been good housekeeping or sensible budgeting, it has been a massive waste of the great opportunity presented by last season’s gatecrashing of the top five.

To not bring in a single player who can create and/or score goals is a joke…and not a very funny one.


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